Rena Owen, Actor, Actress, New Zealand, Star Wars, Once Were Warriors


Feature Films [click on title for details]


Title Role
2012 Alyce Danielle
2011 Snitch Judge Irwin
2009 Spout Oma
2009 Veronika Decides to Die Nurse Josephine
2009 Prison Break: The Final Break SHU C.O.
2008 A Beautiful Life Sam
2008 Rain of the Children Puhi
2007 Finding Red Cloud Barfly
2007 Amusement Psychiatrist
2007 The Iron Man Dolores
2007 Ocean of Pearls Anna Berisha
2006 Horrible Flowers Nancy
2005 Freezerburn Lee
2005 The Crow: Wicked Prayer Mary
2005 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Senator Nee Alavar
2005 Deadly Aunt Bonnie
2005 Mee-Shee: The Water Giant Crazy Norma
2004 Leela Mother Earth
2004 The Land Has Eyes: Pear ta ma ‘on maf Warrior Woman
2003 Nemesis Game Emily Gray
2002 Pledge of Allegiance Maria MacIntyre
2002 sIDney Clarissa
2002 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Taun We
2002 A Thousand Guns Gypsy
2001 Soul Assassin Karina
2001 Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) Ticket Taker
2000 The Mary Kay Letourneau Story: All-American Girl Soona Fualaau
2000 Her Iliad Lena
1999 What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? Beth Heke
1999 I’ll Make You Happy Mickie
1998 Dance Me to My Song Rix
1998 When Love Comes Katie Keen
1997 9 Across Joey
1997 Vaudeville House Nadine
1995 Once Were Warriors Beth Heke
1995 Hinekaro goes on a Picnic and Blows Up Another Obelisk Hinekaro
1995 Savage Play Takiora
1994 Rapa Nui Hitirengi
1989 Roimata Girlie
1989 Variations on a Theme Nancy

Television [click on title for details]


Year Title Role
2012 The Straits Kitty Montebello
2011 Shortland Street Hine Ryan
2011 East West 101 Mere Hahunga
2009 Piece of My Heart Kat
2009 Prison Break SHU C.O.
2009 Fear Clinic Brett’s Mom
2005 Flats
2002 Angel Dinza
2001 Gideon’s Crossing Tara McPhearson
2001 Aroha Maori Drama Series Wai
2000 Dark Knight The Rock Witch
1996 Beth’s World Co-writer/Presenter
1996 Medivac (Adrenalin Junkies) Macy Fields
1995 Savage Play Takiora
1995 The Call Up Emily
1995 High Tide Kara Gibson
1995 Coverstory Mairanga
1991 The Visitation Cheryl Natana
1990 Shark in the Park Ngaire
1989 Betty’s Bunch Shirley Gardner
1988 Nightmare to a Dream Cindy
1987 Reporting London Customs Official
1987 Open Space HMP Officer
1986 Breaking Through Cinderella



Year Program Role
1995 Voiceovers, TV3 Voiceovers
1991 Play, Radio NZ Play
1990 Play, Radio NZ Play
1989 Voiceovers, Radio NZ Voiceovers



Year Title Role
2009 The Pohutukawa Tree Aroha Mataira
2001 Bare Director
2000 Haruru Mai Pearl
1998 West Sylvia
1997 Fine Dancing Hina
1996 Kvetch Donna
1993 The Hungry City Riria
1992 Land of Trash Rahui
1992 Te Whanau a Tuanui Jones Director
1991 Te Hokina Girlie
1991 Whatungarongaro (Adelaide Theater Festival,Aus/NZ tour) Ruby
1991 In the Wilderness without a Hat (On Ilkla Moor b’aht ‘at) Director
1990 No Ordinary Sun Various
1990 Iwitaia Pene
1990 Daddy’s Girl Writer / Rose
1990 Te Hara (The Sin) Director
1989 The Feds Various
1989 Outside In Di/Sandy
1988 Voices from Prison CB
1987 Coexistences Susie
1987 Outside In (Edinburgh Festival, Scotland / London Tour) Di/Sandy
1987 Te Awa I Tahuti (The River that Ran Away) Writer / Toni



Year Title Award
2011 Shortland Street Best Supporting Actress, Aotearoa Film and TV Award
1998 Dance Me to My Song Best Supporting Actress Nomination, Australian Film Institute
1997 Coverstory Best Actress in a Television Drama Nomination, New Zealand
1995 Once Were Warriors Best Actress Independent Spirit Awards Cannes Film Festival, France
1995 Once Were Warriors Toastmasters Communicator of the Year, New Zealand
1995 Once Were Warriors Benny Award for Excellence in Film, New Zealand
1995 Once Were Warriors Best Actress Award, Oporto Film Festival, Portugal
1995 Once Were Warriors Best Actress Award, San Diego Film Festival
1995 Once Were Warriors Best Actress Award, Montreal Film Festival



Year Event Role
2002 Ethnic Studies Department of Berkeley University, Oakland Graduation Keynote Speaker
2002 USC Film School, Los Angeles Lecturer
2002 1st Annual Asian Pacific Islander Women & Family Safety Center Dinner Gala Keynote Speaker
2002 Women’s Programs Noon Lecture Series, Seattle Speaker
2001 Santa Barbara Film Festival Jury Member
2000 Montreal Film Festival, Canada Jury Member
2000 Manila Film Festival, Philippines Chairman of the Jury
1999 International Film Festival, Outfest, Los Angeles, USA When Love Comes
1999 International Film Festival, Sundance, Toronto, Canada When Love Comes
1999 USA Film Festival, Dallas, Texas Jury Member
1999 Sundance Native Screenplays Selection Panel
1999 Sundance Screen Writers Summer Lab Consultant
1998 In competition at Cannes Film Festival Dance Me to My Song
1995 Hawaii International Film Festival Jury Member
1994 – 1996 International Film Festivals Once Were Warriors
1993 Transatlantic Playwrights Conference, Australia
1992 South Pacific Arts Festival, Rarotonga, South Pacific
1991 Playmarkets National Playwright Conference, New Zealand


See Rena Owen’s filmography on The Internet Movie Database